The Art of Weddings: Mennonite traditions and more

Ruthann Roggie (Lowville, NY) shows Camilla Ammirati (TAUNY) and Rosanna Moser (AMHF) the dress she made for her 1962 wedding. Photo by Camilla Ammirati. Courtesy of TAUNY Archives.

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The Art of Barn Quilts

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Local Potsdam artist wins national painting award

JASON HUNTER / WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Michiko Taylor, Parishville, works on a watercolor painting Friday at TAUNY in Canton. She won the Ben Emerson Memorial “Eye for Color” award in the 2016 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors for her painting titled “Dragon Fly.” Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Michiko Taylor, Parishville, works on a watercolor painting Friday at TAUNY in Canton. She won the Ben Emerson Memorial “Eye for Color” award in the 2016 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors for her painting titled “Dragon Fly.” Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

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Canton Recreation Department announces summer programs

Recreation Director John S. Taillon has announced its summer program list. There are two new programs this year, and Mr. Taillon said he is excited. Registration for all summer programs will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, at the Canton Pavilion. [Read more…]

5 Things Friday events calendar – Oct. 2

Happy Friday!

Giving back

1. Sonlight Missions Haiti benefit auction and dinner

When: 5 p.m. Friday.
Where: Miller Spraying, 8624 State Route 26, Lowville.
What: Dinner slated for 5 p.m.; auction, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: List of auction items.
INFO: 486-8801, 286-7408, 921-5011, 771-4749.

Friday / Lowville

2. Race for a cure

When: 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Alexandria Central School, 34 Bolton Ave., Alexandria Bay.
What: Sponsored by Alexandria Central School River Rompers Relay for Life team.  Registration slated for 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; fun run, 9:30 a.m.; 5K run/walk, 10 a.m. Proceeds to benefit American Cancer Society.
Cost: $25; military personnel, $20.
INFO: Mary Rose Warneck, 788-0664,

Saturday / Alexandria Bay

3. Benefit for Team Morgan Walton

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Clayton Fire Hall, 855 Graves St., Clayton.
What: Registration slated for 9 a.m.; start time, 10 a.m.; dinner, noon; silent auction, raffles, hourly 50/50, face painting, live band, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: 5K, $20; chicken or pork barbecue dinner, $10.
INFO: 782-8743.

Saturday / Clayton

4. The Mayor's Charity Ball

When: 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday.
Where: Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown.
What: Hors d’oeuvres, carving stations, desserts, cocktails, music by Fred and The Eds. Benefits: Resolution Center of Jefferson and Lewis Counties (CASA, Youth Court and Mediation), Watertown City School Backpack program and Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Camp Wabasso.
Cost: $65; couple, $120.
INFO: Tickets.

Saturday / Watertown

5. Habitat for Humanity Walk-A-Thon

When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Potsdam United Methodist Church, 26 Main St., Potsdam.
What: Registration slated for 1:30 p.m.; walk, 2 p.m.
INFO: 244-1335 or

Sunday / Potsdam


1. 35th annual Oktoberfest

When: 10 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Titus Mountain Family Ski Center, 215 Johnson Road, Malone.
What: 70 local vendors, food, live music, fireworks. Held rain or shine. Proceeds benefit Titus Mountain Ski Patrol and Adirondack for Kids.
Cost: $5; ages 12 and younger, free.
INFO: Titus Mountain, (518) 483-3740; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Malone

2. Applefest and craft fair

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Brookside Senior Living Community, 5701 Brookside Drive, Lowville.
What: Apple delights, music by Nelson Brothers Band from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and Friends of God from 1 to 2 p.m. Activities for children: “candy scramble” crafts, face painting, balloon animals, Fifi D. Clown, Two Chicks Farm Alpacas.
Cost: Free; donations accepted.
INFO: Brookside Senior Living Community, 376-4333.

Saturday / Lowville

3. Oktoberfest

When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Thousand Islands Winery, 43326 Seaway Ave., Alexandria Bay.
What: German cuisine, pig roast, farmers market, hay rides, dancing, grape stomp competition.
Cost: $5.
INFO: Thousand Islands Winery, 482-9306.

Saturday / Alexandria Bay

4. Eighth annual Massena Harvest Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Downtown Main Street, East Orvis Street Park and Veteran’s Park, Massena.
What: Entertainment stage, vendors/crafters, food, haunted house, pumpkin carving contest, pumpkin painting and kids’ crafts, costume parade, bounce houses, movie in the park and more.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce, 769-3525; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Massena

5. Fall Adirondack Get-Away

When: 5 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center, 7955 Brantingham Road, Greig.
What: Guided nature hikes, wagon ride, boating, concert by local bluegrass band Cincinnati Creek, entertainment by Adirondack storyteller, Bill Smith, quiet meditation, worship and more.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center; 348-8833.

All weekend / Greig


1. A Time of Change reception

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Where: Arts on the Square, Franklin Building, 52 Public Square, Watertown.
What: Mixed media and acrylics by Kimberly Eiss.
Cost: $5; North Country Arts Council members, free.
INFO: North Country Arts Council, 661-6361; Facebook event page.

Friday / Watertown

2. Boonville Arts Festival

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Village Park and Hulbert House, 106 Main St., Boonville.
What: Includes village-wide garage sale, live entertainment, petting zoo, horse-drawn hay rides, chili cook off, cookie challenge, scarecrow coloring contest and more.
Cost: Dependent on event.
INFO: Boonville Chamber of Commerce, 942-5112.

Saturday / Boonville

3. Annual fall craft fair

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Augustinian Academy gym, 317 West St., Carthage.
What: Includes handmade crafts, food and raffles.
Cost: $2; students, $1.
INFO: Carthage Chamber of Commerce, 493-3590.

Saturday / Carthage

4. 15th annual Lewis County Harvest of the Arts

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Maple Ridge Center, 7421 East Road, Lowville.
What: Features local artists, crafts, music, food, wagon rides, children’s art barn, student art show and classic car show.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Lowville County Arts; 286-1350.

Saturday / Lowville

5. Remington Arts Festival

When: All weekend.
Where: Throughout Canton.
What: Friday: Victorian home exhibit, noon to 8 p.m., St. Lawrence Historical Association, Silas Wright House; Saturday: Annual art show and sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Village Green; historic horse and carriage rides, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., throughout village; and Sunday: 5k fun run/walk, registration, 8 a.m., walkers, 8:45 a.m., runners, 9 p.m. University Plaza, Route 11.
Cost: Dependent on event.
INFO: Remington Arts Festival.

All weekend / Canton


1. TAUNY Jams

When: 7 to 8: 30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, 53 Main St., Canton.
What: Hosted by Gretchen Koehler, fiddler, and Barb Heller, singer/guitarist and host of NCPR’s String Fever.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: TAUNY, 386-4289 or

Friday / Canton

2. Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Helen M. Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam.
What: Performance by the 30-year-old ensemble.
Cost: $20 to $50; students, $15.
INFO: Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain; SUNY Potsdam; Community Performance Series, 267-2277.

Friday / Potsdam

3. Dueling Pianos

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Carthage Elks Lodge, 511 Fulton St., Carthage.
What: Performance by the Cutting Edge Dueling Pianos Company. Sponsored by Carthage Area Hospital. Mix and mingle slated for 6:30 p.m.; show, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $30.
INFO: Carthage Area Hospital Foundation, 493-0114; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Carthage

4. 13th annual Sing Fling

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Robert R. and Jean S. Sturtz Theater, Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown.
What: Performance by the Northern Blend Chorus.
Cost: $15; students, senior citizens and military, $12; ages 12 and younger, free.
INFO: Northern Blend Chorus.

Saturday / Watertown

5. Love & The Outcome

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Inspiration Hall, 709 James St., Watertown.
What: Performance by husband/wife duo of singer/songwriter Jodi King and bass player/songwriter Chris Rademaker. Presented by CNY Crossroads.
Cost: $15.
INFO: CNY Crossroads, 214-7333; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Syracuse


1. Cuse Comedy Showcase Featuring Paul Landwehr

When: 8 p.m. Friday.
Where: Central New York Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse.
What: Seven local comics compete for a cash prize.
Cost: $12.
INFO: CNY Playhouse, 885-8960.

Friday / Syracuse

2. Terror at the Track

When: 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Where: Evans Mills Speedway, Route 11, Evans Mills.
What: Featuring Evil Villian Tower, Terrifying Clown Circus with Freak Show, Body Barn and Haunted Hillbilly Ride.
Cost: $12; four attractions, $20; children, $5.
INFO: Terror at the Track.

Friday & Saturday / Evans Mills

3. Iva Bittová concert with Antonin Fajt

When: 8 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Ave., Saranac Lake.
What: Slovak songs of Bela Bartok, arranged by Vladimír Godár for voice and string quartet.
Cost: $20.
INFO: Pendragon Theatre, (518) 891-1854; Iva Bittova.

Saturday / Saranac Lake

4. Fulton Community Theatre presents Night, Mother

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.
Where: CNY Arts Center, Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus, 11 River Glen Plaza, Fulton.
What: A play by Marsha Norman. Directed by William Edward White. Starring Kasey McHale and Beverly Cooney Poznoski.
Cost: $12; seniors and students, $10.
INFO: Fulton Community Theatre, 598-2787.

All weekend / Fulton

5. SU Drama presents Kiss Me, Kate

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Syracuse Stage/Drama Theater Complex, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse.
What: Musical featuring Cole Porter songs and inspired by Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
Cost: $17 to $19.
INFO: SU Drama.

All weekend / Syracuse

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5 Things Friday events calendar – Sept. 11

Happy Friday!

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1. TAUNY Jam

When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, 53 Main St., Canton.
What: Hosted by Gretchen Koehler, fiddler, and Barb Heller, singer/guitarist and host of NCPR’s String Fever.
Cost: Free.
INFO: TAUNY, 386-4289 or

Friday / Canton

2. Top Light Observations

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Westcott Theater, 524 Westcott St., Syracuse.
What: Southern-retro-electro-rock artist band hailing from Charleston, South Carolina. All ages admitted.
Cost: $10 to $12.
INFO: Westcott Theater, 299-8886.

Saturday / Syracuse

3. Alex Smith

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, 53 Main St., Canton.
What: Adirondack folk singer-songwriter.
Cost: Suggested donation: $5 to $15, includes refreshments.
INFO: TAUNY, 386-4289.

Saturday / Canton

4. Cabin in the Woods

When: 2 p.m. Sunday.
Where: View Arts Center, 3273 state Route 28, Old Forge.
What: Featuring award winning pianist Alyssa Filardo. Meet and greet with artist following concert. Beneifts Henry M. Kashiwa Gallery.
Cost: $100; View members, $50.
INFO: View Arts Center, 369-6411, ext. 201.

Sunday / Old Forge

5. 1000 Islands International Piano Competition

When: Friday through Sunday.
Where: Maple Grove Estate, 596 W. Broadway St., Cape Vincent.
What: Competition slated to begin at 9 a.m.; lunch, noon; awards ceremony, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Cost: Free.
INFO: Cape Vincent Arts Council, 654-2413.

All weekend / Cape Vincent


1. Northpole Ladies Auxiliary vendors fair

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Northpole Fire Department, 22334 Route 11, Watertown.
What: Lunch available. Nonperishable food donations accepted.
Cost: Free.
INFO: Northpole Fire Company; Lois Herman, 788-6949.

Saturday / Watertown

2. Library anniversary celebration

When: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St., Watertown.
What: For Flower Memorial Library. Refreshments and desserts, historic tours, programs for children and teens, raffles and giveaways.
Cost: Free.
INFO: Library, 785-7705.

Saturday / Watertown

3. Red Carpet Gala

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Ridgeview Inn, 6912 Bardo Road, Lowville.
What: Sponsored by Lewis County Hospital Foundation. Cocktails, silent auction, buffet dinner, live auction, photo booth, live entertainment.
Cost: $4; children, $2; family, $10.
INFO: Lewis County Hospital Foundation, 376-5110.

Saturday / Lowville

4. 29th annual Thousand Islands Train Fair

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Town of Clayton Cerow Recreation Park Arena, 615 E. Line Road, Clayton.
What: Sponsored by Watertown Area Model Railroad Club.
Cost: $4; children, $2; family, $10.
INFO: Tom, 489-1856.

Saturday & Sunday / Clayton

5. Scare-A-Con

When: Friday through Sunday.
Where: Turning Stone Resort and Casino, 5218 Patrick Road, Verona.
What: 96 hours of films, including northeast premier of John Schneider’s “Smothered,” two nights of parties and socializing, 54 hours of panel discussions, celebrity Q&A sessions and expert presentations, vendor hall, celebrity guests, cosplay (and costume contests), live music.
Cost: Celebrity VIP Experience, $175; three-day weekend pass, $50; and single day pass, $30.
INFO: Scare-A-Con.

All weekend / Verona


1. Run for recovery

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Agricultural Building, Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds, 600 William T. Field Drive, Watertown.
What: Registration slated for 6:30 a.m.; run/walk, 9 a.m. To benefit Watertown Urban Mission Bridge Program.
Cost: $25.
INFO: Watertown Urban Mission, 782-8440; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Watertown

2. Potsdam Junior Hockey Association Golf Tournament

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Potsdam Town and Country Club, 6194 Route 56, Potsdam.
What: Tee off slated for 9 a.m. Saturday.
Cost: $65 per person, includes greens fees, cart, lunch and prizes.
INFO: 268-9611; Potsdam Junior Hockey Association.

Saturday / Potsdam

3. St. Lawrence County NYSARC's Autism Awareness Walk

When: 10 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Village Park, Main Street, Canton.
What: Hosted by Jeff Cole, WWNY-TV, and presented by Rose and Kiernan. Registration slated for 9 a.m.; walk, 10 a.m. Bounce houses, food, t-shirt for walkers who raise $50 or more.
INFO: St. Lawrence NYSARC, 583-6177; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Canton

4. Fourth annual Thunder for a Cause Bike Run

When: Noon Saturday.
Where: FX Caprara Harley-Davidson, 17890 Goodnough Road, Adams Center.
What: Registration slated for 11 a.m.; kick stands up, noon. Ride ends at Willies, Dexter, and makes stops at Sports Page, O’Briens and The Rustic Golf Course. Doughnuts, coffee and juice available at registration. Benefits Niemann-Pick Type B Foundation, for research for two local boys.
Cost: Per bike, $20; per passenger, $15.
INFO: FX Caprara Harley-Davidson, 583-6177.

Saturday / Adams Center

5. Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimers

When: 1 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Partridge Run Golf Course, 70 Sullivan Drive, Canton.
What: Registration slated for 11:30 a.m.; event, 1 p.m.
INFO: Alzheimer’s Association; Toni Ann Walsh, 621-4025 x 106 or

Sunday / Canton

Fairs & Festivals

1. Book fair

When: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.
Where: Claxton Hepburn Medical Center Auditorium, 214 King St., Ogdensburg.
What: More than 250 titles. Accept all major credit/debit cards, checks, cash and payroll deduction.
INFOClaxton Hepburn, 393-3600.

Friday / Ogdensburg

2. Hammond Fair

When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Hammond Fairgrounds, 323 Lake St., Hammond.
What: Food booth, and cake decorating contest, both days. Friday, Sept. 11: judging contests (beef and dairy classes), 9 a.m.; homemaking and vegetable judging, morning; music by Hammond Central School, noon. Saturday, Sept. 12: Horse show, 9 a.m.; rabbit, sheep and goats judging, morning; children’s games, noon; awards and recognition, 3:30 p.m.; exhibits until 4 p.m.
INFO: Hammond Fair; Facebook event page.

Friday & Saturday / Hammond

3. Kids Fair and Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Where: Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum, 250 River Road, Peru.
What: Old time games like hopscotch, sack races, corn box, bobbing for apples, pumpkin tic tac toe, egg races, bean bag toss; stagecoach and Thomas the Train rides; hayrides; face painting; visit the animals; climb the hay mound; watch the Blacksmith at work. Picnic area available. Lunch available from Kat’s Katering.
Cost: $7; ages 3 to 13, $4; ages 3 and younger, free.
INFO: Babbie Museum, (518) 643-8052.

Saturday & Sunday / Peru

4. Harvest Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Stone Mills Agricultural Museum, 30950 Route 810, LaFargeville.
What: Roast pork dinner served at noon. Classic car cruise in, music, cake walk, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, gift shop, games. Buildings open for tours.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Stone Mills Agricultural Museum, 658-2353.

Sunday / LaFargeville

5. Potsdam Sandstone Festival

When: All weekend.
Where: Potsdam.
What: Friday, Sept. 11: First Presbyterian Church Tour and Organ Recital with Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, 1 p.m., meet at church; Saturday, Sept. 12: Guided boat tour of Hannawa Falls Railroad, bring own boat, 10 a.m., meet at Ives Park (Rain date: Saturday, Sept. 19); guided tour of Trinity Episcopal Church, 1 p.m., with book signing of “The History of Trinity Church,” with Jim Carl; Sunday, Sept. 13: Guided tour of Zion Episcopal Church, Colton, with Joe Liotta, 1 p.m., meet at church, 91 Main St.
INFOPotsdam Public Museum, 265-6910.

All weekend / Potsdam


1. Lovers of Poetry, Unite!

When: 7 p.m. Friday.
Where: Iva Smith Memorial Gallery of Fine Art, 627 state Route 37, Hammond.
What: With hosts Ray and Laurie Petersen.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Iva Smith Memorial Gallery of Fine Art, (718) 753-7947.

Friday / Hammond

2. Wild & Scenic Film Festival

When: 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Clarkson University, 8 Clarkson Ave., Potsdam.
What: Hosted by Save the River and Clarkson University.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Save the River,; Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

Saturday / Potsdam

3. Curated film screening: Blues by the Beach

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid.
What: Film’s companion graphic novel, “Mike’s Place,” for sale.
Cost: $7.
INFO: Lake Placid Center for the Arts, (518) 523-2512; Adirondack Film Society, (518) 588-7275.

Saturday / Lake Placid

4. Symphonie Fantastique

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Crouse-Hinds Theater, 800 S. State St., Syracuse.
What: Pianist twins Christina and Michelle Naughton perform Poulenc’s Double Piano Concerto, followed by Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.
Cost: $20 to $80; ages 18 and younger, free.
INFOSymphoria, 299-5598.

Saturday / Syracuse

5. 9 to 5

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Central New York Playhouse, ShoppingTown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse.
What: Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. Book by Patricia Resnick. Based on 20th Century Fox Picture.
Cost: Fridays and Saturdays, $25; Sunday, $22.
INFOCNY Playhouse, 885-8960.

All weekend / Syracuse

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Five Things Friday – May 15

Happy Friday! Welcome to the end of the week. Celebrate NNY with events across the north country.


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